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Marine Insurance Overview

It is a comprehensive insurance policy that covers goods, freight and other interests against loss or damage whilst being transported by rail, road, sea and/or air from warehouse or Port of Loading to the final destination.  

Britam Marine is ideal for both individuals and corporates transporting goods inland, importing or exporting like manufacturers, wholesalers, miners and producers.

 

Why Britam Marine Cargo?

 

  • Offers flexible coverage options:
    • Port to port
    • Warehouse to warehouse
  • Worldwide claims survey and settlement assistance
  • Efficient Claims settlement
  • Worldwide network of pre-shipment surveyors.
  • Customized covers to suit  your needs
  • Adequate technical expertise
  • Sufficient Financial capacity to undertake any level of risk
  • It is freely assignable

Types of Perils

The different types of perils are:

Maritime Perils

These are events created by either man or God. Examples of such events are earthquakes, cargo being washed overboard, rainwater damage, piracy, vandalism and such

Extraneous Perils

Also known as incidental perils, they are caused by errors in loading, carrying and loading at the terminals. Examples are leakage, handling, rough handling and pilferage.

Types Of Perils Covered

A comprehensive all risks Marine insurance policy covers loss or damage as a results if :-

  • Fire & Explosion
  • Stranding, Grounding ,sinking or capsizing
  • Overturning or derailment of land conveyance
  • Collision
  • Discharge at port of distress
  • Total loss of Vessel
  • General average sacrifice
  • Jettison of cargo
  • Earthquake, volcanic eruption or lightning
  • Washing overboard
  • Entry of sea, lake, river water to hold or container
  • Total loss of package during loading/unloading
  • Rainwater
  • Malicious Damage
  • Breakage
  • Shortage
  • Pilferage
  • Theft
  • Piracy

FAQ's

What is Britam Marine Insurance?   
Britam Marine Cargo Insurance is a comprehensive insurance policy that hull, covers goods, freight and other interests against loss or damage whilst being transported by rail, road, sea and/or air from the port of loading to the final destination.
Who is Britam Marine Cargo Insurance meant for?   
Britam Marine is ideal for both individuals and corporates transporting goods inland, importing or exporting like manufacturers, wholesalers, miners and producers.
What are the benefits of Britam Marine Insurance?   
  • Offers flexible coverage options:
    • Port to port
    • Warehouse to warehouse
  • Worldwide claims survey and settlement assistance
  • Efficient Claims settlement.
  • Worldwide network of pre-shipment surveyors.
  • Customized covers to suit your needs
  • Adequate technical expertise
  • Sufficient Financial capacity to undertake any level of risk
  • It is freely assignable
What are Britam Marine Insurance key features?   

Comprehensive all-risks coverage: Loss or damage as a result of:-

  • Fire & Explosion
  • Stranding, Grounding ,sinking or capsizing
  • Overturning or derailment of land conveyance
  • Collision
  • Discharge at port of distress
  • Total loss of Vessel
  • General average sacrifice
  • Jettison of cargo
  • Earthquake, volcanic eruption or lightning
  • Washing overboard
  • Entry of sea, lake, river water to hold or container
  • Total loss of package during loading/unloading
  • Rainwater
  • Malicious Damage
  • Breakage
  • Shortage
  • Pilferage
  • Theft
  • Piracy
  • Other optional extension covers at an extra cost
  • Transshipment
  • Storage
  • War , Capture or seizure
  • Strokes ,Riot & Civil commotions
  • Terrorism
What do you need to get cover?   
  • Bill of Lading
  • Completed Declaration Form
  • Copy of Invoice
  • Packing List
  • Identification Documents.
Are there risks that are not covered by Marine Cargo Insurance?  
Most insurance policies do not cover;
  • Losses caused by customs officials rejecting delivered goods or improper packaging.
  • Employee dishonesty
  • Losses resulting from shipping delays
  • Failure of other parties to pay for goods
  • Cargo being abandoned
What determines the cost of your Marine Insurance?  
  • Routes taken.
  • Size of vessel
  • Value of the shipment.
What is Marine Insurance?   
Marine Insurance refers to cover arranged against loss or damage to goods whilst in transit by either sea or air or It is a contract of Insurance whereby the Insurer undertakes to indemnify the Insured in the manner and to the extent thereby agreed in respect of loss, damage or liability attributable to marine risks.
What is CFR?   
COST AND FREIGHT (… named port of destination).
What is FOB?  
FREE ON BOARD (… named port of shipment)(… named port of destination).
What is FAS?  
FREE ALONGSIDE SHIP (… named port of shipment). (… named port of destination).
What does Warehouse to Warehouse mean?   
Coverage for Transit Insurance is often referred to as Warehouse to Warehouse. It is important to note however that coverage is actually determined by the terms of sale used in each transaction (F.O.B., etc.). This coverage attaches at the point at which transit commences, and terminates when the cargo is delivered to the final destination. (… named port of shipment). (… named port of destination).
What is an "Open" Marine Policy?  
An open cover is an arrangement based on predetermined terms to cover series of generally similar shipments over a long period.
What is a Bill of Lading?  
It’s a detailed list of a shipment of goods in the form of a receipt given by the carrier to the person consigning the goods. The Bill of Lading has three main functions. First it is a document of contract of carriage. Secondly it is a receipt for the goods received - the issuer has received the goods from the shipper. Thirdly it is a document of title to that enables the bearer to take possession of the goods on presentation at port of destination; cargo may change ownership many times before the final destination.. (… named port of destination).
What happens if I under-value a shipment for insurance purposes?  
The value of the shipment declared for insurance must reflect the true value of a shipment. If a loss occurs and the amount declared is found to be less than the true value, the claim settlement may be pro-rated to a lesser amount. It is as if the insured is acting as a co-insurer of the shipment.
What do I do when I discover a loss or damage to a shipment?  
Follow the instructions outlined on your Certificate of Insurance. Report the loss to the carrier in writing and notify them that you intend to claim for the loss. Contact the surveyor at the destination that is usually shown on the Certificate of Insurance who will attend and establish the cause and extent of the loss. Advise your broker, who will assist with managing the claims process.

Verify Your Certificate

To verify the authenticity of a Marine Cargo Insurance certificate issued by Britam General Insurance Co. (Kenya) Ltd., send the unique Certificate Reference No. (which is located in the upper right hand corner of the certificate) to marineinsurance@britam.com.

Please Specify "Verify Certificate No. 12345" in the Email subject.

OR

You can also verify the authenticity of a Britam Marine Cargo Insurance Certificate by entering the Unique Certificate Reference No. in the field below :

Important Contacts

For all your marine insurance Customer Support, Sales and Claims related queries you can email or call us on given below email Id and phone numbers

Customer Service

info@britam.com

0703 094 000

Sales

marineinsurance@britam.com

0703 094 533

Claims

generalinsuranceclaims@britam.com

0703 094 000